12.31.2011

Best of 2011

With the new year dawning, I thought it appropriate to take a walk down memory lane.  Based on page views (because I'm a closet geek that adores things like web stats, bounce rates and page views), here were your favorite posts of 2011...

1. Finally Finished Banquette - DIY banquette built as part of basement renovation
2. A Year in the Making - DIY basement renovation
3. Ruffled Wreath Love - coffee filter wreath tutorial
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4. He's Baaaack - the return of our family elf Scout
5. Bad Bad Bath - DIY bath face lift as part of basement renovation
6. Deck the Halls - holiday decor
7. Turkey Talk - Printable file with twenty get to know your family better questions
8. Foyer Freshening - foyer table, rug and chandelier update
9. Chevron Crush - chevron wall how to and basement bar
10. New Orleans {Holiday Home Tour} - besties R and J's home decorated for the holidays
11. Come Inside...If You Dare - halloween decor
12.  Rootin Tootin Cowboy Party - John's 6th birthday celebration
13. Salty Sweet Delish - salted caramel pecan dark chocolate bars
14. Chic Silhouettes - silhouette pillow tutorial
15. Champagne and Cupcakes - my 35th birthday party
I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for visiting this little blog.  I adore your comments, love reading your blogs, and can hardly believe the visitors I see coming in from places right here at home to places I've only read about like Russia, Brazil and the Netherlands.

Happy New Year, y'all, and all the best in the year ahead.
xoxo

12.30.2011

To Mom and Dad

The PCP was as pleased as punch when he raced off the big yellow bus with this tow...
We waited for Honey to arrive home and the second he walked in the door the PCP was clamoring for us to open the gift.
Frum John to Mom and Dad
Hayy Cisms. Luv John

The snowman ornament made from his fingerprints was darling.  But the note...well, the note just had us bursting with pride and overwhelmed with love.  (If you're not adept with kindergarten literacy, the second line reads "Happy Christmas.")  :-)

This is what being parents is all about!
xoxo

12.29.2011

Puppet People

Tucked away in a couple of little houses on Thuderbolt Island, we spent a fantastic morning at a Puppet People puppet show.  Like most Savannah gems, this little establishment is laid back and laden with personality - and only five dollars a person to boot (a much better deal that Atlanta's puppet center)!
The morning started with us hanging with the puppeteers and Angela Beasley herself in the workshop.  We learned about different types of puppets and how they're made, met some of the original Puppet People (of the likes of Paula Deen and her hysterically appropriate butter necklace, Willie Nelson and Little Richard) and even got to try our hand at a few!
When it was time for the show, we headed next door to the theater to see "Friends", a shadow puppet show based on an African Folk Tale spinning the story of an unlikely friendship that forms between Frog Child and Snake Child as they get to know each other and celebrate the things that make them different from one another.  The show was fantastic and the PCP was literally enamored by the entire performance.  The baby, on the other hand, had to be escorted out for a spell...

After the show we gathered around the craft tables to construct our very own Frog Child and Snake Child puppets!  The PCP put a great deal of work into his snake and absolutely loved trying it out in the shadow box.  And the baby...well, the baby tried to glue everything in sight to the table while yours truly crafted his frog puppet.
We will definitely be back - such a unique, educational and FUN way to spend a Savannah morning!

Afterwards, we scooted through the McDonald's and Starbuck's drive throughs before heading to Daffin Park for a picnic and hours of play time and coffee tawk.
I just adore being home for the holidays!
xoxo

12.28.2011

Shopping Savannah

Y'all, if there's one thing the gals in this family love to do it's SHOP!!!  We shopped and shopped and dropped then shopped some more.  Here's a round up of some of our favorite finds...

One Fish Two Fish
Sylvester & Co. - A delightful new shoppe on Broughton Street
The Paris Market (again, and with French Frozen Hot Chocolates)

DC2 Designs

A break at Forsyth Park was nice to run off some of the little's steam!
Byrd Cookie Company
And we rounded out our day with dinner and drinks in the lounge at the Olde Pink House.  One of my all time favorite Savannah haunts and where we dined the night of our engagement nearly twelve years ago.  (Picture staged especially for bestie R.)
For more Savannah shopping chronicles, check here, here, here and here.  So many lovely places to go!!
xoxo

12.27.2011

Home for the Holidays

It is extraordinarily difficult to get house pictures with six adults, three littles, a dog and all the spoils of Christmas day scattered about, but I was dying to share a few pictures of my parent's beautiful home decorated for the holidays.
Hope y'all are enjoying the holiday week!
xoxo

So excited for the feature at Southern Lovely!
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